Tim Richards' GREAT SPIRIT
Sunday Morning (J Walrath) 5:43
Yarde - alto sax
"Jazz supergroup whose passion proves inspirational. The contagious rhythmic energy of ‘Kirsten Sunday Morning’ makes you want to do heroic deeds like climb Everest or swim the Atlantic.... Not a dull moment from beginning to end."
"A spectacular assemblage of hot
favourites on the UK scene. Richards fills his charts with solo
opportunities, shaping and framing each players' spell in the
spotlight... [the] expressive fire rarely lets up. 'Epistrophy'
receives an elaborate big band arrangement, with Tony Kofi getting
rugged and Jason Yarde smearing and stretching on alto."
"Richards' arrangements are terrific, and the choice of material is just as good... A landmark achievement in a long career."
"The big, ballsy
nine-piece GREAT SPIRIT... mix up giddy, rambunctious big-band
style modern jazz with funk, Monk-inspired bop and the lovely
sax and piano duo of 'Fish Wish'... [They] seem to embody that
brand of raw British big-group jazz pioneered in the day by The
Jazz Warriors. Worth checking, and don't miss them live."
"Immediately accessible, wide-ranging
album... as infectiously enjoyable as it is carefully constructed
and programmed... blues and post-bop jazz, tinged with funk,
African and Latin influences... powerful, earthy, dramatic music...
a judiciously balanced band in top form."
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